L.L. Bean To Embed Data-Gathering Sensors In Coats, Boots

by MR Magazine Staff

L.L. Bean plans to sell coats and boots with Internet of Things sensors embedded in them that will be able to collect data, and send it to an Ethereum blockchain system, allowing the retailer to analyze data related to temperature, movement and how often customers wear and wash the clothing, among other things, The Wall Street Journal reports. The technology, which includes a small square of fabric containing flexible circuits and a device with near-field communications connectivity, is being provided by Loomia, a self-described smart textile technology start-up. The coats and boots that include the Loomia technology components are expected to be available for sale later this year, the report stated. Read more at Retail Dive.